Fish Habitat & River Restoration

Why Everybody Is So Excited About 23 Salmon

(photo, Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

After millennia of migrating to and from the sea, Chinook salmon disappeared from California’s San Joaquin River 65 years ago. Now they’re trickling back. See the news Here.

(photo, Sky News)

The world’s rivers are awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics-Largest global study finds the drugs in two-thirds of test sites in 72 countries, read the whole article from The Guardian Here.


(photo, NASA)

Climate change is the most consequential challenge facing our planet. Communities are struggling to do more with less water, fish and wildlife are fighting to survive, and storms are triggering more life-threatening floods. Our clean water and rivers will suffer permanently if we don’t take immediate action.
Check out the list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2019, from American Rivers Here, and see how you can help save our rivers!


Salmon Habitat Restoration Projects: Jump Pool and and Log Jam on the North Fork Coquille River, Coos County, Coquille Watershed (photos, K. Miles)

Bandon Community Radio’s Executive Director, Kelly Miles, is a former Port of Bandon Commissioner and spent nearly 8 years as the Director of the Coquille Watershed Association in Coquille, Oregon. She is passionate about marine and river ecology, and was fortunate to work with many fine landowners and biologists on dozens of salmon habitat restoration and water quality projects. To find out how you can help the southern & coastal watersheds in Oregon, visit these links:

Coquille Watershed Association
Coos Watershed Association
Umpqua Watersheds
Wild Rivers Land Trust
MidCoast Watersheds Council
Oregon Coast Alliance


While with the Watershed Association, Kelly was honored to work with renowned fish passage engineer, Răzvan Voicu, PhD, on river restoration papers published in the Transylvanian Review of Systematical and Ecological Research in Sibiu, Romania. You can view some of Dr. Voicu’s papers below:

New Paper!: Difficulties With Existing Fish Passes And Their Renovation

Fish Passage System With Variable Geometry And Flexi Baffle

Fish migration solution with mobile and folding aluminum plates

Solution for moving fish over discharge sills with rotating cylinders

Caras River Gorge Aspects of Salmonids Communities Management
Fish Migration System Over A Wooden Discharge Sill Located On The Bistra Marului River
The Wetlands Diversity Complete Volume
Improving Upstream & Downstream Fish Passage at Retis Dam on Hartibaciu River
Facilitation Fish Migration Above The Discharge Sill Located On The Ialomiţa River Near Cave Ialomicioara
Design Of Hatch Operation System For Fish Migrating Upstream-Downstream Of The Discharge Sill
Cottus Gobio Linnaeus, Ecological Status And Management Elements In Maramureş Mountains Nature Park (Romania)


Dr. Răzvan Voicu in the Bucegi Mountains, the Baiului mountains and Azuga city in Romania (photos, R.Voicu)


Currently, in Romania, the restoration of the longitudinal connectivity of the rivers is still in its beginning stages and many of the spillways and dams need migration systems. Dr. Răzvan Voicu, among one of the few specialists in this field, has designed various fish crossing systems over transverse hydrotechnical constructions. Some of them have been published with various foreign experts (US, Australia, Canada, Poland) certifying the correctness and engineering effectiveness of these proposed systems. The only (partial) design that has been put into working practice as of yet is at the Mănăstirea Dam in Cluj County (see pictures below taken by Melinda Haragus Sipos).

Well done, Dr. Voicu! The fish thank you!


Sad News…


In a move that has been slammed by opponents, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted an import alert that prevented controversial genetically engineered salmon from entering the US market.

The long running battle previously came to a head in 2016 when Congress blocked the FDA from allowing AquaAdvantage Salmon to appear in grocery stores after the food watchdog declared the product, which critics have dubbed “frankenfish,” safe to eat.

That year also saw Congress pass a law directing the US Department of Agriculture to set a national mandatory standard for disclosing genetically modified foods.

The USDA finally issued the guidelines in December 2018. It uses the term ‘bioengineered’ instead of the more commonly used ‘genetically modified’ or ‘genetically engineered’, and allows ‘bioengineered’ ingredients to be disclosed in several different ways: in text, a symbol, a digital link printed on packaging, or text message.

In a fresh statement on genetically engineered salmon, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said because of the 2016 law and the new USDA standard, the FDA “no longer has the authority to issue labeling guidance.”

However, his administration is satisfied that the salmon has met the criteria and